ASEA Trans

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Type Allmennaksjeselskap (ASA)
Public limited company
Founded 1996
Headquarters Skedsmo, Skandinavia
Area served Worldwide
Key people Lars Solskjaer, CEO
Industry Rail transportation
Products Rail vehicles, railway electrification and signalling
Employees 19,225 (2018)
Parent ASEA

ASEA Trans is the rail equipment division of the Skandinavian multinational firm ASEA. ASEA Trans is one of the world's largest companies in the rail vehicle and equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. It is headquarter in Skedsmo, Skandinavia. There are many regional offices, production and development facilities worldwide. ASEA Trans develops and markets a complete range of systems, equipment and service in the railway industry. It is one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-speed trains, tramways and metros, electrical and diesel trains, information systems, traction systems, power supply systems and track work. The company also operates in the rail infrastructure market, designing, producing and installing infrastructure for the rail network. These includes information solutions, electrification, communication systems, track laying, station utilities, as well as workshops and depots. Maintenance, rebuilding, and renovation services are also provided by the company. ASEA Trans operates in more than 50 countries and employs more than 19,000 people.


On 8 May 1995 ASEA and Daimler-Benz proposed a merger of their rail industry related activities into a single autonomous 50:50 joint venture; the combined group would be the largest rail-technology company in the world. In Germany the combined company, along with Siemens would have a duopoly or near-duopoly in the market areas of electric locomotives, mainline and regional electric and diesel multiple units, trams and metros, and catenary systems. In the EU, outside Germany, the merger would have meant no significant market share increase, including Scandinavia, where ASEA had a dominant market share. The proposed merger was suspended pending a report on any potential anti-competitive effects of the merger, on 18 October 1995 the merger was allowed, provided that both companies divest themselves of some business units. The merger came into force on 1 January 1996 and the company ASEA Daimler Trans was created. The company's manufacturing facilities and product lines were rationalised, including a standard form of car body; after 18 months manufacturing costs had been reduced by 30%, revenues and orders also rose from 1996-7.

In March 1998 ASEA Daimler Trans presented a set of new product brands for modular product platforms, with designs that can be adapted for the specific requirements of different customers: the Innovia guided transport vehicle, the Incentro low floor tram, the Itino diesel multiple unit, the Crusaris medium-high speed train (based on the GMB Class 71 flytoget trains), and the Octeon electric locomotive. ASEA Daimler Trans intended to consolidate its product range around these families once on-going deliveries are finished. ASEA Daimler Trans continued to make an operating loss in 1998, attributed to earlier contracts with underestimated costs, as well as technical problems with products. The same year brought an order for 400 locomotives for Deutsche Bahn, as well as the acquisition of Swiss locomotive manufacturer Schweizerische Lokomotiv- und Maschinenfabrik AG (SLM).

In January 1999 Daimler sold its 50% stake in ASEA Daimler Trans to ASEA and the company was renamed to ASEA Trans. After some restructuring and plant divestment, in 2000 ASEA Trans finally achieved profitability. Since 2000 the company has consolidated its leadership position in European markets and has grown significantly in North America and Asia, especially due to its high-speed developments.


After the restructuring and divestment process carried out in 2000, the company is structured in the following divisions:

  • Rolling stock
  • High speed systems
  • Railway signalling


(Only a list of products manufactured or supported today is shown.) (2019)


  • EI 16
  • EI 17
  • EI 18
  • EI 19
  • Sj Rc
  • Sj Rm
  • DB 101
  • DB 145
  • AEN-7
  • E.464
  • AT2000-E
  • DE2000

Passenger trains[edit]

  • X10
  • X14
  • Type 70
  • Type 71
  • Type 73
  • Type 611
  • Type 612
  • Type MF
  • X50 series

High-speed trains[edit]

Light rail passenger vehicles[edit]



Automated People Movers[edit]


  • ASEA Trans Kalmar. Located in Kalmar, Skandinavia. (Former Kalmar Verkstad).
  • ASEA Trans Strømmens. Located in Skedsmo, Skandinavia. (Former Strømmens Værksted).
  • ASEA Trans Skøyen. Located in Skøyen, Skandinavia. (Former Norsk Elektrisk & Brown Boveri).
  • ASEA Trans Scandia. Located in Randers, Skandinavia.
  • ASEA Trans Strömberg. Located in Helsinki, Finland. (Former Stromberg Oy).
  • ASEA Trans Henschel. Located in Kassel, Germany. (Former Henschel-Werke).
  • ASEA Trans Henningsdorf. Located in Berlin, Germany. (Former LEW Hennigsdorf).
  • ASEA Trans Tecnomasio. Located in Vado Ligure (Italy)
  • ASEA Trans Derby. Located in Derby, UK. (Former Derby Litchurch Lane Works).
  • ASEA Trans Amadora. Located in Amadora, Portugal. (Former Sorefame).
  • ASEA Trans Pittsburgh. Located in Pittsburgh, Northeast Union. (Former Westinghouse Transportation Pittsburg plant).
  • ASEA Trans Dandenong. Located in Melbourne, Victoria. (Former Commonwealth Engineering Dandenong plant).)